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Byline: Don Cheadle

Movie superstar Don Cheadle is one of the busiest men in Hollywood, appearing in cool arty films and smash–hit blockbusters. He enjoyed his most fun outing yet this year as Robert Downey Jr's wingman James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the Marvel box office smash Iron Man 3. And while his acclaimed drama series House of Lies is enjoying a successful second series on Sky Atlantic, he is already looking forward to season three.

He tells Brian McIver what it's like to iron out his work in the superhero world.

Iron Man 3 has a very unique feel with a different director from Iron Man 2. What was the vibe like on the set?

It is very different, this is a very technical experience. We have so many different effects that we are trying to keep track of, while at the same time trying to make sure the human element of the show is real and we're keeping these personal relationships strong.

It's interesting, you have to really make sure you know where you are at all times. That's what half the conversations we have are about – what did we just come out of and what are we heading into – so it's a different way of working. When it all comes together, it's rewarding.

Since Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has been the go–to guy for comedy action and buddy movies, so that must have been exciting to work with him, considering the relationship between Tony and your character Rhodey?

I feel like that in Iron Man 2, the Japanese garden scene at the end, when both of us get to go against all the bad elements together, is where you started to see who these two guys were and I think Shane and (Scottish writer) Drew Pearce just took that and ran with it.

It was fun to continue that sort of repartee that we had at the end of that movie and move it into this one.

You have a lot of moments in this film where you have the upper hand – that must have been kind of fun to play?

It's nice to be in a movie and actually be IN the movie and we did a fair amount of stuff outside of the suits, which is kind of fun too. I do a lot of stunt work and a lot of the wire work and I get to be the physical actor, which I enjoy doing.

Are there a lot of tricks played and fooling around between you and Robert Downey Jnr?

We have a lot of fun together, busting each other's chops and I think that's the kind of relationship that is winning in the film. It would be a totally different experience if we didn't get on as well.

What suit do you prefer in the film – the War Machine/Iron Patriot suit or your military uniform?

The military stuff is less heavy, so I would have to go with the one that's not made of metal. It wasn't much fun to wear.

Iron Man 3 is out on DVD and Blu–ray from tomorrow.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Article Type:Interview
Date:Sep 8, 2013
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